2008 St. Chamant Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs 750 ml

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Champagne Saint-Chamant was established in 1930 by Pierre and Helene Coquillete. Their son, Christian, took over the estate in 1950. The winery is located in Epernay, with 11.5 hectares of vineyards in Chouilly, and specializes in Blanc de Blancs, 100% Chardonnay. While not yet reviewed, 2008 is acknowledged to be a wonderful vintage for Champagne (97+ points), and the previous vintage of this wine (2006) received a 96-point review from the Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Brut Cuvée de Chardonnay from Saint-Chamant will delight lovers of old-school Champagne—this reviewer included—with its complex bouquet of honeycomb, ripe lemons, hazelnuts, brioche, dried white flowers and subtle hints of cognac. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, intense and racy, with excellent concentration and a lovely line of tangy acidity that defies the stereotype of the vintage, complementing this blanc de blancs' rich bouquet and complex flavors to terrific effect. Though I'm guessing this was recently disgorged, as Coquillette leaves his wines sur lattes until they are about to be shipped, the mousse is already very refined. This Champagne, which hails entirely from the grand cru village of Chouilly, has the acidity and structure to reward extended aging on the cork, and I can't recommend it enough."

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